When you are planning a wedding, every minor detail could potential ruin the evening for you, or at least (for some people) make you feel that way. Finding a DJ is essential. The DJ is the emcee of the event. He introduces you. He interacts with your guests. He is the only person at your reception with constant access to a microphone and loud speaker. So, yeah, picking the right DJ is important. But how much does one cost? That depends on how much you are willing to pay.
DJs range according to your preferances
You can hire a DJ for £130 or less. Or you can spend more than £650 for a DJ. And typically, with each DJ the pay reflects the performance. The average price for a DJ is probably between £260 and £520. If you want a large lighting display and fanciness, you'll probably be paying a little more. But if you don't need all the bells and whistles, you can find a more modestly priced DJ.
Just because a DJ is less expensive does not mean he isn't as good though. Attend wedding fairs and shows to meet several DJs. Find out their offerings and their prices. You'll find several DJs that charge more for the same services as cheaper DJs. Shop around.
You can save a lot of money by using your computer with a PA and just pressing play on your music player. You lose the lighting and will probably have to rent a sound system with lights, but doing the DJ work yourself is potentially the cheapest way to provide a DJ for your wedding.
Set your price
With the wide selection of DJs in most towns, you should be able to set your price limit and ask DJs what they can offer for that price.
Remember to ask about music
While, understandably, the bottom line is important in finding a DJ, don't forget to interview DJs based on the type of music and the type of show they provide. Each DJ comes with a different retinue of music and a different personality. Don't forget that DJs are typically the emcees of your wedding. So make sure that not is the price right, but the DJ is right, too.